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Leicester round off a great year with a point against Man City

Leicester City 0:0 Manchester City

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City completed half the league programme level on points with leaders Arsenal after a battling 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Claudio Ranieri made two changes to his side with Drinkwater and Inler in for Okazaki and King.
Although it was the visitors who had the best of the opening spell Leicester created the first real chance, Fuchs chipping a free-kick forward which Huth headed narrowly over the bar.
De Bruyne then tested Schmeichel with a well struck shot, before the constantly threatening Agüero had a shot deflected into the City keeper’s grasp.
After Morgan had broken up a dangerous move involving Silva and Sterling, Mahrez then dispossessed Kolarov before sending a shot just over the bar.

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As Man City stepped up the pressure Schmeichel denied Sterling twice, but it was the home side who finished the half on top.
Albrighton went agonisingly close to reaching a Fuchs cross at the far post; and then Vardy burst through the middle, getting ahead of the superb Mangala for once, but he lifted his shot high of the target.

The second half continued at the same searing pace and De Bruyne’s cross was met by Agüero at the near post but he couldn’t convert the chance.
Kanté then charged forward from midfield and unleashed a low shot that was inches wide.
Ulloa came on for Inler in the 67th minute after Manuel Pellegrini had brought Bony on for  Agüero.

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Bony’s first effort saw him send a shot over the bar from a good position.
Drinkwater sent Vardy in on the left with a fine pass, but the England striker’s angled drive was saved by Hart.
Sterling and Silva were also withdrawn from play and there was little drama in the closing stages as both sides guarded their point.

2015 may well have been the greatest year in the history of Leicester City Football Club and this was a fitting end.
Claudio Ranieri outlined the task that faces us in the New Year: “We’re the basement and the other teams are a villa with a swimming pool. It’s not easy for us but we want to fight with everybody.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Inler (Ulloa 67), Kanté, Drinkwater (King 80), Mahrez, Albrighton (De Laet 90), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Dyer, Okazaki.
Man City: Hart, Sagna, Mangala, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Silva (Navas 74), Touré, De Bruyne, Sterling (Iheanacho 89), Agüero (Bony 63). Subs Not Used: Zabaleta, Caballero, Demichelis, Horsfield.

Referee: C Pawson. Attendance: 32,027.  

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Boxing Day Blues for Leicester at Anfield

Liverpool 1:0 Leicester City

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City’s unbeaten away run was finally brought to an end in a narrow 1-0 defeat at Anfield by a Liverpool side determined to match Claudio Ranieri’s men for pace and stifle the attacking intent of Vardy and Mahrez…

Claudio Ranieri made only one change with the return from suspension for Huth, in for Wasilewski, while his counterpart Klopp left out the defensive midfielder Lucas to signal his attacking intent.
Pre-match Ranieri and his players were still refusing to predict how far City will go this season, repeating the 40-point mantra, and the fans too were also toeing the party-line with a: “We are staying up” chant as the game kicked-off.
Within the first couple of minutes both sides had gone close through Couthinho and Mahrez, and it soon became apparent that Liverpool would be double-marking both Mahrez and Vardy with midfielders pushing high to take the game to the City with an identical 4-4-2 formation.
City players in possession were soon surrounded by red shirts. Despite this, the irreplaceable and dependable Kante was still able to hold his own in the centre, but City were missing his midfield partner Drinkwater and therefore telling balls to the front pair were few and far between.
Liverpool were clearly trying to ‘out-Leicester’ their high-flying visitors and they were soon making inroads. The Brazilian duo of Coutinho and Firminho were both busy and Can, Origi and Lovren had shots saved by Schmeichel, but otherwise Morgan and Huth were both holding firm as Liverpool finished the half the strongest.
Just before half-time however City almost got on the scoresheet after another enterprising run by Kante, eventually setting up Marhrez, but unfortunately he shot directly at Mignolet who fingertipped the ball over the bar.

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Seconds after the restart, and with fans still taking their seats, Vardy found some space to launch a volley at goal, but a tame shot was easily gathered by Mignolet.
A passage of play on 53 minutes had City fans both purring with appreciation and then holding their breath in equal measure. Unusually Kante lost possession in the Liverpool half and the Frenchman then chased half the length of the pitch to win the ball back with a fine tackle in the City penalty area. The resultant clearance saw Can flatten Vardy, which gave City fans a few nervous moments before the striker gingerly got to his feet.
On 63 minutes things really did get worse for City as Benteke, on for Origi, was left unmarked on the penalty spot and the £32.5m striker, duly slotted home his first goal since October.
Ranieri then made a double change with the sluggish Vardy, reportedly suffering from a virus, and Okazaki replaced by Ulloa and Dyer to give City a four-man attack as they tried to chase the game.
City attacked in earnest with the long ball being liberally used in a swirling wind and it almost paid dividends. A Fuchs corner on 71 minutes deceived the keeper but the ball landed on the roof of the net and four minutes later City’s best chance of the game fell to Dyer. More neat work from Kante, swapping passes with Albrighton, and the cross fell perfectly for Dyer whose instinctive shot was well-saved. Mignolet also had to be alert to tip over the resultant corner.
A subdued Mahrez was next to depart to be replaced by Kramaric.
A Fuchs long throw then caused confusion in the Liverpool penalty area when an undecided Mignolet almost gifted a goal but a deflection from Sakho landed in the arms of a relieved keeper.
The previously anonymous King had a couple of chances in the final few minutes to get the elusive equaliser. The first, a header, came from another Fuchs long throw and the second with literally the last touch of the game.
Liverpool had hilariously failed to score an open goal with Schmiechel stranded after coming up for a corner, Morgan just managing to get back in time, and a quick breakaway saw Albrighton cross from the right but King alas could not get any power behind the header.

Ranieri said City looked nervous in their first goalless performance of the season and didn’t start performing until the final half hour. He also commented on how Liverpool stopped his team from playing their natural game: “We know when Liverpool lose the ball they would press us high up the pitch and we were ready to play in this way, with one-two touches and go on the counter-attack, but we lost a lot of passes and for this reason and Liverpool’s players got confidence to play against us.”
Despite a performance below what we have come to expect, results elsewhere ensured City went into the final round of fixtures of 2015 in first place with an 8-point gap from fifth.

City only have a couple of days before their next big game and must be hoping that Drinkwater will be passed fit to resume his assured partnership with City’s midfield general Kante

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Coutinho (Lucas 90), Firmino, Henderson, Sakho, Moreno, Lallana (Allen 90), Can, Origi (Benteke 38). Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Toure, Teixeira, Randall.
Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez (Kramarić 80), Kanté, King, Albrighton; Okazaki (Dyer 69), Vardy (Ulloa 69). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Wasilewski, Schwarzer, Inler.

Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 44,123.

Match Report: ROB COE. Photo: Andy Winter.

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Sweet win against Toffees sees Leicester top for Christmas

Everton 2:3 Leicester City

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City claimed their place at the top of the Christmas Tree with a 3-2 win over Everton at a soggy Goodison on Saturday…

Claudio Ranieri made three changes to his side, with Wasilewski in for the suspended Huth, and King replacing the injured Drinkwater.
Okazaki took his turn to partner Vardy up front ahead of  Ulloa.

Wasilewski soon stepped up with an important clearance of a dangerous Deulofeu cross, while at the other end Okazaki made contact with an Albrighton cross to the near post but couldn’t direct his shot on target.
The in-form home side were enjoying a good spell as Albrighton to halt block a Deulofeu shot; Morgan pit in a masterful tackle on Kone; and Barkley sent a shot off target when well placed.
But it was City who took a 27th minute lead. Okazaki chased a nod-on from Vardy into the area and was brought down from behind by Mori. Mahrez’s halting run up eventually saw him place the spot-kick low to Howard’s right.
It was a lead that lasted only five minutes as Everton piled on the pressure. In a spell of frantic goalmouth action Barkley had one shot saved Schmeichel, and his follow up was headed off the line by King. The rebound fell for Lukaku, who blasted home  a goal for the seventh consecutive Premier League game.
Okazaki missed the target with the final chance of the half and the sides went in at 1-1, a fair reflection of the game.

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The first chance after the break fell to Everton, when a Coleman cross from the right turned into an on-target shot that Schmeichel had to tip over.
But City were still looking good and chances from King and Vardy went narrowly wide before City regained the lead in the 65th minute.
Mahrez sent Vardy charging into the area, and Howard got his timing wrong sending the England striker crashing to the ground.
Mahrez stepped up to beat Howard from 12 yards again, this time in the other corner, for his 13th Premier League goal this season.
Four minutes later City delighted their followers when Okazaki was teed up by Vardy for a neat finish to extend the lead to 3-1.
Everton tried to battle their way back into the game but didn’t manage goal until the 89th minute when Mirallas beat Schmeichel with a well-executed shot on the turn. But then City got through 4 minutes of injury time to claim their 11th win of the season.

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That meant they would be spending Christmas Day at the top of the Premier League, a fantastic present for their supporters all over the world.

Claudio Ranieri emphasised the importance of his whole side:  “When you do this kind of performance a lot of times, it is not only Vardy or Mahrez. Remember – even Maradona alone, did nothing. He needed other players around him. Together, we are producing as a very good team.”

Everton: Howard, Baines, Stones, Funes Mori, Coleman, Barry, Barkley, Cleverley, Deulofeu (Lennon 73), Kone (Mirallas 73), Lukaku. Subs Not Used: Robles, Gibson, Besic, Osman, Galloway.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Wasilewski, Fuchs, Mahrez (De Laet 83), Kanté, King, Albrighton (Dyer 71), Okazaki, Vardy (Ulloa 87). Subs Not Used: Kramarić, Benalouane, Schwarzer, Inler.

Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 39,570.

PHOTO: @fuchsofficial.

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The FOX 196 – the December edition – is in the shops now…

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Featuring: The record breaking Jamie Vardy; an interview with former-City striker Kevin Phillips; Fully Programmed from Christmas 1984; Fox Diary with hardly a defeat in sight; the latest from the Foxes Trust; What’s happening on #lcfc Twitter, starring Christian Fuchs; Rewind goes back to Wembley 1996; Foxed in the Head – travels to Newcastle and recalls the time when we had to sell our best players; Simon Kimber is our guest columnist; John Hutchinson continues his series on City and World War II; our new series The History of Leicester City in 100 Objects begins; your letters and Bentley’s Roof; Parting Shots our favourite photos of the last month; and 40Something turns 50Something…

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Leicester beat Champions to regain top spot

Leicester City 2:1 Chelsea

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Goals from Vardy and Mahrez saw City topping the Premier League table again with a 2-1 victory over champions Chelsea at the KPS on Monday night….
Claudio Ranieri made no changes to the side that won at Swansea for this much-anticipated meeting, though he was forced into one after just 16 minutes.
Mahrez slipped past two markers before testing Courtois with a low shot soon after kick off and then Morgan blocked a dangerous Hazard effort.
But then Drinkwater appeared to pull his hamstring and after a fruitless attempt to carry on he was replaced by King.
This didn’t have an effect on City who were the better side throughout the first half. Mahrez forced another save from Courtois and then Kanté curled an effort narrowly over from the edge of the area.

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City deservedly took the lead in the 34th minute, Mahrez crossed from the right and Vardy nipped in like a greyhound between Zouma and Terry for a finish from close in past Courtois. It was his 15th of th eseason, ending his goal drought of one game.
If defending corners has been City’s Achilles heel this season they dealt with five of them in the first half, though Matic did get his head to a Willian flag kick and brushed the top of Schmeichel’s crossbar.
City managed to preserve their lead to half-time, something they didn’t manage against Manchester United.

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Even better, City extended their lead just three minutes into the second half.
Albrighton saw Mahrez unmarked and picked him out with a long cross. The Algerian international changed direction several times and despite the close attention of Azpilicueta, half a yard was all he needed to curl an incredible unstoppable shot round Courtois and into the net.
An increasingly agitated Jose Mourinho then replaced Terry with Fàbregas and three at the back helped Chelsea regain some ground in midfield.
This led to their best spell around the hour, though their most clear-cut chance – Costa in a one on one with Schmeichel – saw the City keeper pull off a fine block. That did nothing to dispel the little black cloud above Costa’s head.
Simpson blocked a Pedro shot and then Ivanović was twice denied by Fuchs after another Chelsea corner.

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Chelsea finally made a breakthrough with 13 minutes remaining when Rémy got his head to a Pedro cross to beat Schmeichel from close range, and this made for a nervy closing spell.
Goalscorers Vardy and Mahrez were replaced by Inler and Okazaki, and City rallied well, with Pedro’s narrowly wide shot being the most alarming moment.
At the other end Albrighton capped a fine performance with a run and shot that whistled past the post.
After five minutes of time added on the final whistle brought scenes of utter delight as City reclaimed top spot with a win over the Champions.

Claudio Ranieri looked delighted, but was keeping his feet firmly on the ground: “For our fans we are top of the league, for my players we need another five points. Don’t laugh. It’s true…”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez (Inler 82), Kanté, Drinkwater (King 16), Albrighton, Ulloa, Vardy (Okazaki 88). Subs Not Used: Dyer, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Schwarzer.
Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanović, Zouma, Terry (Fàbregas 53), Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar (Rémy 65), Hazard (Pedro 31), Matić, Willian, Diego Costa. Subs Not Used: Begović, Mikel, Kenedy, Cahill.

Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 32,054.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Leicester go top as Mahrez hat-trick sees off Swans

Swansea City 0:3 Leicester City

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City regained top spot in the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Swansea, thanks to a Riyad Mahrez hat-trick…

Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side for this long trip to South Wales, with Ulloa back in for Okazaki.
City started brightly against a Swans side desperate for a win, and were ahead by the 5th minute.
The persistence of Vardy won a corner on the left, which Albrighton swung into the six yard area. Mahrez gained half a yard on Ki Sung-Yueng and appeared to divert the ball past Fabianski with his hip to give City an early lead.
Ten minutes later the lead should have been doubled as Vardy intercepted a Bartley clearance to go clear on goal. However, he failed to find the net placing his shot too close to Fabianski, who saved comfortably.
City went further ahead in the 22nd minute when Kanté delivered a perfect crossfield pass to send Mahrez in on goal, and he jabbed the ball to Fabianski’s right for a cool finish.
Mahrez should then have completed a first half hat-trick when Ulloa set him up, but his finish was too casual and Fabianski denied him.
Mahrez then returned the favour teeing up Ulloa with a chance but the Argentinian sent his shot well wide from a good position.
City had to be content with a 2-0 lead at the break when it could have been 5-0.

Swansea, with Montero on for Routledge, began the second half in more determined fashion. An early Sigurdsson free-kick from the right was headed against the bar by an unmarked Ki.
Sigurdsson then launched a shot over when well-placed but City weathered this spell of pressure from the home side and were soon running proceedings again.
In the 67th minute they put the game beyond the home side’s reach. Kanté charged forward on the break and fed Vardy in the box, who set up Mahrez, who fired beyond Fabianski’s reach to complete his first ever hat-trick.

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With the match won, the game within a game was trying to set Vardy up for a goal to keep his record breaking scoring run going.
Vardy applied a fantastic first touch to a Drinkwater ball but fired his shot over the bar, and then found the side-netting from an acute angle.
At the other end Schmeichel instinctively blocked a Gomis effort and Sigurdsson’s struck the post.
King and Schlupp came on late, but the fresh legs couldn’t tee Vardy up for a chance and the final whistle brought an end to his incredible run.

However, a Mahrez hat-trick and City returning to the top of the Premier League meant it had been another fantastic day for Leicester in this amazing season.
Claudio Ranieri commented: “It was so pleasing to see that when Jamie had a chance to score, he passed to Mahrez so he could have his hat-trick. It was like giving him a penalty kick, it is a good link between them.
I am so pleased with the performance because I was worried about Swansea. They had only one win in 10 games and wanted to react, so I asked us to stay together and not spread out as they would kill us.”

Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Bartley, Williams, Taylor, Britton (Barrow 63), Ki (Cork 78), Sigurdsson, Ayew, Routledge (Montero 46), Gomis. Subs Not Used: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Fernandez, Cork, Emnes.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez (Schlupp 90), Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Ulloa (King 87), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Okazaki, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Schwarzer, Inter.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 20,836.

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New contract talks for Jamie Vardy

Leicester City will be doing their best to ward off any interest in their prolific strike Jamie Vardy in the January transfer window…

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City put a £30M price tag on the man who cost £1M from Fleetwood Town three and a half years ago, though some of the world’s biggest clubs are interested in this season’s Premier League scoring sensation.

Vardy has declared himself happy at Leicester, but since he broke the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games last Saturday against Manchester United he has become an even hotter property.

Leicester will be looking to extend his contract, which already has two and a half years to go, and improve on his £40,000 a week wages, to reduce the temptation of a move away from the King Power Stadium.

Although City are far from being a one-man team, without his razor-sharp finishing they would not be in the lofty league position they are currently enjoying. It is absolutely vital that they retain the services of England’s Number Nine.

PHOTO: Simon Kimber

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